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Disused railway walk down to the old Spinkhill Tunnel


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Paolo Coopio

The old disused Beighton Branch of the Lancashire, Derbyshire and East Coast Railway runs from Beighton Junction (where it left the old Midland Railway) all the way out to Langwith Junction. 

You can walk along the old trackbed for much of it from Rother Valley Country Park. Accessibility does vary along the route but there are some great old bridges and relics left behind. Especially in the section before Killamarsh. 

I've only been as far as the Spinkhill Tunnel so far as I can see most of the trackbed has been claimed/developed past Spinkhill.

This is part 2 of the set of videos I did of the route. 

 

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Unitedite Returns

Thank you very much for posting your video. I really enjoyed watching the same.

It’s a very long time indeed since I last visited the L. D &. E. C. R., and I am both, amazed and saddened by how much this long defunct line has changed so much in the past 40+ years.

I have taken the opportunity of sharing with you, some images taken by myself in “happier times”.

I hope that you can relate them back to the remains and locations shown in your video.

LDE001-Upperthorpe and Killamarsh Station Site, Looking North Towards Beighton-16/06/1977

LDE003-Upperthorpe and Killamarsh Station Site, Looking North Towards Beighton-16/06/1977

LDE007-BTL.537/1964, Class 47, No.47180 at Upperthorpe and Killamarsh Station Site, Looking South Towards Spinkhill-16/06/1977

LDE008-BTL.537/1964, Class 47, No.47180 at Upperthorpe and Killamarsh Station Site, Looking North Towards Beighton-16/06/1977

LDE011-Killamarsh Junction, LD&ECR bridge over Waleswood Curve, Looking North Towards Beighton-16/06/1977

LDE019-Meadowgate Lane, Beighton-LD&ECR Bridge over Norwood Colliery-Killamarsh (M.R.) Branch, View South towards Killamarsh-09/06/1977

LDE020-BTL.525/1964, Class 47, No.47168 at LD&ECR Bridge over Norwood Colliery-Killamarsh (M.R.) Branch (with GCR Bridge Foreground)-09/06/1977

LDE029-ECR/1977, Class 56, No.56024 at Killamarsh Junction, LD&ECR bridge over Waleswood Curve, on ex-Westhorpe Colliery Mineral Train-14/07/1977

 

 

LDE001-Upperthorpe and Killamarsh Station Site-Looking North Towards Beighton-16-06-1977.jpg

LDE003-Upperthorpe and Killamarsh Station Site-Looking North Towards Beighton-16-06-1977.jpg

LDE007-BTL.537-1964, Class 47, No.47180 at Upperthorpe and Killamarsh Station Site-Looking South Towards Spinkhill-16-06-1977.jpg

LDE008-BTL.537-1964, Class 47, No.47180 at Upperthorpe and Killamarsh Station Site-Looking North Towards Beighton-16-06-1977.jpg

LDE011-Killamarsh Junction, LD&ECR bridge over Waleswood Curve, Looking North Towards Beighton-16-06-1977.jpg

LDE019-Meadowgate Lane, Beighton-LD&ECR Bridge over Norwood Colliery-Killamarsh (M.R.) Branch-View South towards Killamarsh-09-06-1977.jpg

LDE020-BTL.525-1964, Class 47, No.47168 at LD&ECR Bridge over Norwood Colliery-Killamarsh (M.R.) Branch (GCR Bridge Foreground)-09-06-1977.jpg

LDE029-ECR-1977, Class 56, No.56024 at Killamarsh Junction, LD&ECR bridge over Waleswood Curve, on ex-Westhorpe Colliery Mineral Train-14-07-1977.jpg

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4 hours ago, Unitedite Returns said:

Thank you very much for posting your video. I really enjoyed watching the same.

It’s a very long time indeed since I last visited the L. D &. E. C. R., and I am both, amazed and saddened by how much this long defunct line has changed so much in the past 40+ years.

I have taken the opportunity of sharing with you, some images taken by myself in “happier times”.

I hope that you can relate them back to the remains and locations shown in your video.

LDE001-Upperthorpe and Killamarsh Station Site, Looking North Towards Beighton-16/06/1977

LDE003-Upperthorpe and Killamarsh Station Site, Looking North Towards Beighton-16/06/1977

LDE007-BTL.537/1964, Class 47, No.47180 at Upperthorpe and Killamarsh Station Site, Looking South Towards Spinkhill-16/06/1977

LDE008-BTL.537/1964, Class 47, No.47180 at Upperthorpe and Killamarsh Station Site, Looking North Towards Beighton-16/06/1977

LDE011-Killamarsh Junction, LD&ECR bridge over Waleswood Curve, Looking North Towards Beighton-16/06/1977

LDE019-Meadowgate Lane, Beighton-LD&ECR Bridge over Norwood Colliery-Killamarsh (M.R.) Branch, View South towards Killamarsh-09/06/1977

LDE020-BTL.525/1964, Class 47, No.47168 at LD&ECR Bridge over Norwood Colliery-Killamarsh (M.R.) Branch (with GCR Bridge Foreground)-09/06/1977

LDE029-ECR/1977, Class 56, No.56024 at Killamarsh Junction, LD&ECR bridge over Waleswood Curve, on ex-Westhorpe Colliery Mineral Train-14/07/1977

 

 

LDE001-Upperthorpe and Killamarsh Station Site-Looking North Towards Beighton-16-06-1977.jpg

LDE003-Upperthorpe and Killamarsh Station Site-Looking North Towards Beighton-16-06-1977.jpg

LDE007-BTL.537-1964, Class 47, No.47180 at Upperthorpe and Killamarsh Station Site-Looking South Towards Spinkhill-16-06-1977.jpg

LDE008-BTL.537-1964, Class 47, No.47180 at Upperthorpe and Killamarsh Station Site-Looking North Towards Beighton-16-06-1977.jpg

LDE011-Killamarsh Junction, LD&ECR bridge over Waleswood Curve, Looking North Towards Beighton-16-06-1977.jpg

LDE019-Meadowgate Lane, Beighton-LD&ECR Bridge over Norwood Colliery-Killamarsh (M.R.) Branch-View South towards Killamarsh-09-06-1977.jpg

LDE020-BTL.525-1964, Class 47, No.47168 at LD&ECR Bridge over Norwood Colliery-Killamarsh (M.R.) Branch (GCR Bridge Foreground)-09-06-1977.jpg

LDE029-ECR-1977, Class 56, No.56024 at Killamarsh Junction, LD&ECR bridge over Waleswood Curve, on ex-Westhorpe Colliery Mineral Train-14-07-1977.jpg

Love these photos. Can't believe how much its changed. 

Interesting to see how different it looks with less vegetation. 

First pictures I've seen of the bridges before they were ruins too. 

 

Thanks very much for sharing these. 

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